A federal judge has approved a $20 million settlement in the case of an Alabama family whose daughter’s mother was charged with a felony for raising money for a cancer charity.
The judge ruled Tuesday that a former Alabama police officer’s arrest of James Aiken for raising $30,000 for a non-profit organization was unconstitutional.
“The defendant in this case has not been convicted of a crime,” U.S. District Judge William Pryor said in a ruling that was released Tuesday.
“His conduct is not unlawful under federal law, nor is it unconstitutional under state law.”
In 2014, the family of 11-year-old Katie Aiken raised more than $10 million for a group that works with kids to pay for cancer treatments.
The case arose from the death of her mother, who was charged after a woman in her family found a purse containing a gun, according to the Associated Press.
The family settled with the State of Alabama and the U.K. for $20.5 million in 2014.
They also agreed to pay $2.5 billion in federal tax credits and other relief to help pay for research, treatment and prevention.
The Aiken family has since begun paying the $25 million in taxes owed to the U